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I am writing because I need help. I think something really bad is going on in my office. Let me clarify; I think one of my co-workers is doing something really bad at work. I do not know what it is, but it seems like he is doing shady things; like illegal things. I do not have any proof so I cannot go and talk to our boss about it, but I do know something is not right. The issue I have with this is that I do not want this person’s behavior to interfere with my job. Some of the daily tasks that I have to complete, depend somehow on him and I do not feel comfortable sharing tasks with him when I am 99% sure that he is not being very honest at work. Should I talk to my boss even when I have zero proof of what this person may be doing? Or, should I just let it go and concentrate in doing my job?
The Whistle Blower
Dear Whistle Blower,
This is a very sensitive topic and I completely understand why you feel the way you do. What I will suggest you to do is to talk to your boss about the way this issue is affecting “your” job. If this person is, in fact, doing something wrong, your boss needs to know. Explain to him that even when you do not have any real proof, you think that something is going on. One thing that you need to know is that once you open this “Pandora box,” things may get a little “weird” at work so you have to prepare yourself for that. Just make sure that when you talk to your boss, you have at least some type of proof on why you think something is not right and how this situation is affecting or could affect your job performance. This is not the time for gossiping or nothing like that. Accusing this person of doing bad things at work is a very serious situation and could cost him his job, so make sure what you are bringing to your boss’s attention is real concerns and not just office gossips. If this person is doing bad things, he needs to be held accountable for it. If you are sure something is going on, move forward. But, if on the other hand, you are not that sure; then I will suggest for you to stay out of it and concentrate in doing your job and allow time to dictated what is going to happen with this person. If he is really doing something bad, believe me when I say that, he will eventually get caught so do not stress over it and let time decide what is going to happen with him and his issues.
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